Saturday, August 29, 2015

An Educator's Guide for the first two "Last-But-Not-Least Lola" books by Christine Pakkala

Today, we welcome Christine Pakkala, the author of LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA GOING GREEN (Boyds Mills Press) and LAST-BUT-NOT-LEAST LOLA AND THE WILD CHICKEN (Boyds Mills Press), as a new Balkin Buddy by presenting the Educator's Guide to her first two LOLA books:































































































































































































































































































































































































A downloadable version can also be found on the publisher's website.

Christine is also available for school visits. Just visit her site or contact Balkin Buddies for details.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

M.E. Kerr's EDGE: COLLECTED STORIES reviewed in Tanie's Reviews


We were pleased to see this review of EDGE: COLLECTED STORIES (Open Road), by the very interesting M.E.Kerr in Tanie's Reviews:








To see more of Tania's Reviews, go to her blog.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Kirkus, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly review April Genevieve Tucholke's SLASHER GIRLS AND MONSTER BOYS

April Genevieve Tucholke's new anthology, SLASHER GIRLS AND MONSTER BOYS (Dial/Penguin) is getting great reviews, such as this review from Kirkus:




And according to School Library Journal, "This solid anthology brings together high quality fiction from some of the best young adult writers in the field." 

And Publishers Weekly: “Terrifying and new . . . There’s nary a clunker in the collection—this is satisfying, disturbing horror for the modern YA audience.”

Publishers Weekly also asked April Genevieve Tucholke four questions about the book. Be sure to read the article to find out what they are and April's answers.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BCBA Spotlights Eloise Greenfield




BCBA (Black Children's Books and Authors) recently shined a spotlight on EloiseGreenfield, who won the Coretta Scott King Award for AFRICA DREAM (HarperCollins) and Coretta Scott King Honors for THE GREAT MIGRATION (HarperCollins), NIGHT ON NEIGHBORHOOD STREET (Dial/Penguin), NATHANIEL TALKING (Black Butterfly) and CHILDTIMES (HarperCollins).

Learn about how she deals with writer's block, and be sure to check out the video of Eloise doing the NATHANIEL TALKING rap song!

BCBA believes that black children who are exposed to stories written about them and their experiences, whether cultural or universal, will feel a sense of kinship and belonging in the world of literature -- which they will certainly find in Eloise Greenfield's books.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Emily Arnold McCully's QUEEN OF THE DIAMOND reviewed in Bay Views


QUEEN OF THE DIAMOND: THE LIZZIE MURPHY STORY (FSG), written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully would be, as the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California's Bay Views says, a "great book for Women's History Month." Here is their review in its entirety:


Monday, August 17, 2015

Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service....



....by having 
an author 
who has written 
extensively 
about the national parks 
come visit your students. 

See details 
in this ad 
which just appeared 
in the most recent issue 
of 
STORY MONSTER INK:




Wendell Minor's DAYLIGHT STARLIGHT WILDLIFE reviewed in Horn Book


We hope you'll enjoy Betty Carter's review of Wendell Minor’s DAYLIGHT STARLIGHT WILDLIFE (Penguin) in Horn Book:

"In his signature representational artistic style—detailed, luminous, and pristine—Minor compares and contrasts diurnal and nocturnal animals. The opening double-page spread establishes the pattern. The creatures introduced are shown in a meadow, with half of them appearing in the daytime on the verso and the others bathed in soft moonlight on the recto. On the following pages, Minor depicts an animal (a butterfly, for example) or group of animals (such as woodchucks) active during the daytime hours; a corresponding illustration, most often on the facing page, shows a related animal or animals (such as a lunar moth or skunks) active at night. Minimal text echoes the movements in each of the gouache illustrations: “Chubby mother woodchuck and her cubs waddle out to munch in the meadow,” while in the nighttime counterpart, “Fearless mother skunk leads her litter through the field to find a midnight snack.” Diurnal animals are depicted first, then their nocturnal counterparts, except on the final double-page spread. Here, a horizontal illustration of nocturnal raccoons faces right to close the book, while below, daytime turkeys travel in the opposite direction. Readers have two options: either follow the raccoons and cut off the lights for bedtime, or follow the turkeys back to the beginning of the book and read it again. A list of “Fun Facts” about the featured creatures is appended."


Wendell is now booking appearances in schools and conferences for the fall and spring. For details, be sure to contact Balkin Buddies.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ashley Bryan's SAIL AWAY receives a starred review in Kirkus

SAIL AWAY, poems by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Ashley Bryan (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) recently received this starred review in Kirkus:



Roger Sutton of Horn Book interviews Ashley Bryan

Do you know the name of the island Ashley Bryan lives on? Do you know how he came to live there? Have you ever heard him talk about how he works? Do you know how Ashley and Langston Hughes have the sea in common -- that is, other than Ashley having illustrated his poems?

Find the answers in the Roger Sutton's interview with Ashley.